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Make Minority Contracting Reforms Now The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the small business community. With businesses struggling, government contracts are even more important to many small businesses, including minority owned businesses with limited cash reserves and access to capital. The failure of governmental entities at all levels to ensure that minority…

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Urge Politicians to Make PPP Loans Deductible ACTION CALL: Urge Politicians to Make PPP Loans Deductible to Support Small Businesses The Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020, or PPP, was passed in order to provide small businesses across the United States crucial relief during widespread government shutdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These loans…

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SBAC in NBC News COVID Relief

SBAC featured in NBC News Small Businesses struggle amid the Pandemic The SBAC has long been advocating for relief for Small Businesses since the COVID-19 Pandemic started. With talks of relief for businesses continually changing, there are many things that legislators could do, such as making the previous PPP Loans deductible. Elliot Richardson, President of…

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SBAC Action Call – Support the R.I.S.E. Act! Urge Politicians to Help Create Jobs and Support Small Businesses With the resurgence of COVID-19 cases in Illinois, our politicians must act quickly to help those who have lost their jobs or businesses get safely back to work.  State Senator Ram Villivalam has filed legislation that will…

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Rebuilding Lives and Businesses Press Conference with A Safe Haven and SBAC The Small Business Advocacy Council and A Safe Haven have partnered up in the fight to Rebuild Lives and Businesses. The COVID-19 pandemic is causing people to lose their jobs, livelihoods and their homes. The situation is tragic. Small businesses continue to struggle. With…

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What can politicians do right now to help businesses? With the resurgence of COVID-19 cases, we need politicians to support the small business community now.  The SBAC’s Elliot Richardson explains some things politicians can do right now to help in his Business Ledger article! Read Article Categories Action Calls Advocacy Events Member Benefits Member Relations…

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Chamber Stimulus

501(c)(6) Relief Stimulus for 501(c)(6) Organizations Small businesses, nonprofits, and chambers of commerce across the nation are struggling to stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic.   While the CARES Act included relief for 501(c)(3) organizations, 501(c)(6)s were inexplicably excluded from this important legislation that would have provided significant aid to these crucial nonprofits, including local…

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Occupational Licensing Reform

Occupational Licensing Reform Why Occupational Licensing Needs Reform Occupational licenses are issued to protect the public’s health, safety and welfare. The number of required licenses in Illinois has grown from a handful in the 1950’s to over 430 today. Policymakers across the political spectrum are challenging states to examine occupational licensing and its impact on…

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prevent foreclosures 2020

Support Small Business and Prevent Foreclosures The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a devastating impact on the small business community. Many small businesses are struggling to pay their employees and rent. Commercial property owners cannot pay their mortgage when their small business tenants cannot pay rent. Without swift action, small businesses will fail and foreclosures…

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SBAC’s Elliot Richardson on WGN Radio SBAC’s Elliot Richardson talks with Anna Davlantes on WGN Radio about the impact the pandemic has had on the small business community. There has never been a more important time to stand with small business than right now! Listen to the whole 8-minute interview here: Listen to the Interview…

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